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We have implemented new Safe Practices to adhere to the CDC and American Optometric Association recommendations. We look forward to serving you and keeping you and our staff healthy and safe. Please familiarize yourself with the following before your next appointment:

1. Please text or call us from your car when you arrive for your appointment and wait for further instructions.
2. Face masks will be required while at our office and we will NOT be providing them
3. Temperatures will be taken before entering the office
4. Everyone will be required to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer upon entering
5. All patients will be asked about their health status
6. We ask that patients come to their appointment unaccompanied, so there will be fewer people in the office
7. Patients who need caregivers or minors may be accompanied by one person
8. Social distancing around the office will be observed as much as practically possible
9. Pens will be used once and then disinfected
10. Doctor schedules have been lightened to decrease patient flow throughout the office
11. Increased cleaning of patient areas will be prioritized
12. Car-side or curb-side pickup will be available for contacts or glasses, as well as shipping at no-charge to patients
13. To control the flow of patients in our glasses and sunglasses dispensary, frame selections/adjustments will be done by appointment only. Our staff is also great at doing glasses selection via email!
14. Tele health appointments are available for eye infections or other eye problems, without having to come into the office.
15. If you are new to our office, please fill out our patient forms on our website prior to coming in.

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Sjogren’s Awareness Month – Understanding The Invisible Disease 

 

In honor of Sjogren’s (SHOW-grins) Awareness month, Dr. Bladh’s office is helping to spread the word to increase awareness about this hard-to-diagnose disease.

Sjogren’s is a systemic autoimmune disorder that can affect the whole body. One of the primary symptoms is excessive dryness particularly in the eyes and mouth. Other serious symptoms include chronic fatigue and pain, specifically in the joints, as well as major organ dysfunction. The syndrome also increases chances of neuropathies and lymphomas.

The severity of the disease varies greatly, ranging from mild discomfort to debilitating symptoms that can seriously impair normal functioning in everyday life. Early diagnosis and treatment can prevent serious complications and improve quality of life. There is currently no cure for Sjogren’s, yet there are treatments for many of the individual symptoms. On average patients are prescribed upwards of 8 medications to treat the wide range of symptoms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Women are nine times more likely to develop Sjogren’s than men and diagnosis usually occurs around the age of 40. Unfortunately, because the symptoms vary from person to person, and the disease often occurs in the presence of or mimics other diseases (such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, menopause, allergies or multiple sclerosis) the disease is often misdiagnosed or overlooked. Further, because the symptoms can affect different parts of the body system such as the teeth, eyes or musculoskeletal system, various health professionals are sought to diagnose or treat specific symptoms (such as rheumatologists, dentists or eye doctors) while the big picture is often missed. On average it takes almost three years to obtain a Sjogren’s diagnosis once symptoms are noticed.

Since dry eye is one of the most common early symptoms of the disease, and Dr. Bladh is one of the top Dry-Eye Doctors in Diamond Bar, there has been an effort to educate other eye care providers to recognize and to be aware to look for symptoms of the disease. Patients also need to be aware and proactive about speaking to their health care providers about potential diagnosis and treatment. Knowing the risk factors and symptoms can be imperative to a faster diagnosis.

Dr. Bladh’s Optometrists may be able to detect and diagnose Sjogren’s syndrome from dry eye symptoms as well as other diagnostic tests and review of symptoms. With this diagnosis, the treatment will be different from typical dry eye disease. Since it is an autoimmune disease, lubricating eye drops may provide temporary relief but will not address the source of the problem. Your doctor may prescribe newer cyclosporine drops as well to treat the inflammatory response. If you have dry eyes and typical treatments aren’t working, it may be worthwhile to ask about Sjogren’s.

Sjogren’s patients often feel misunderstood because most of the debilitating symptoms are not visible to others and the disease is often not recognized largely due to a lack of awareness. By increasing both public and professional awareness, the goal is to reduce diagnosis time and to advance research on the cure for this disorder.

Tory Burch

 

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Launched in 2004, Tory Burch is named for its founder who began her fashion career working for some of the most influential American designers, including Ralph Lauren, Vera Wang and Narciso Rodriguez. In October 2009, Tory Burch eyewear was launched in partnership with Luxottica Group.

  • Going against the minimalist trend that was popular at the time, Tory designed her flagship boutique, in downtown New York, to feel more like a room in her own home than a traditional retail store.
  • The company offers multiple product categories, including ready-to-wear clothing, eyewear, handbags, shoes and jewelry.
  • Graphic prints, bold colors and unique details are all signatures of the brand.
  • In 2009, Tory launched The Tory Burch Foundation to support the economic empowerment of women and families.

Visit the Tory Burch website.

Kate Spade

 

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Born in 1962 in Kansas City, Missouri Kate Spade launched her line of handbags in 1993.

  • Kate Spade now offers products in a range of categories.
  • Once famous for creating her trademark black nylon bags, Kate Spade has built an international accessories business including eyewear.
  • In 2004, Kate Spade shared her personal style and philosophies in her three books: Manners, Occasions, and Style.
  • Kate Spade New York has over 80 retail shops and outlet stores across the US, and more than 100 shops internationally. Products are sold in more than 400 doors worldwide, in every time zone and on every continent.
  • Frames are fashionable and functional. Available in a large selection of colours and styles.
  • Boys make passes on girls with glasses

Visit the Kate Spade website.